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Bringing the Fun Back to Childhood


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JL
- 489 days ago - kaboom.org
When six-year-old Jadon Gotay (now seven) was given a class project to help a nonprofit, he knew he wanted to help an organization that did "fun things for kids."



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JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:33 am
When six-year-old Jadon Gotay (now seven) was given a class project to help a nonprofit, he knew he wanted to help an organization that did “fun things for kids.” After asking around, he found KaBOOM! and was immediately smitten.

What does Jadon love about the playground? Most importantly that it’s outside. “I love being outside,” he says. He also loves to “play tag, go on the swings, and climb all the stuff at the playground. There’s always new stuff to do and try.”

To help bring play to kids who aren’t able to spend as much time at the playground, Jadon organized a raffle fundraiser that asked people to guess how many Legos were in a jar. He raised over $500. With the help of his mom, Neida, he also organized a local play day (pictured below) in his hometown of Orlando to get his friends and neighbors out to the playground.



When asked how she makes sure that Jadon gets enough time to play, Neida says: “I’m a big believer in letting kids be kids. As a working mom I make sure that he is enrolled in after-school programs that promote play. Our weekends consist of being with the kids and doing fun stuff as a family. We look for new parks and playgrounds in town and make it a priority to try them out.”

Jadon says that play is important because “it’s important to stay active and not be bored all day.” His mom adds that play “helps build imagination, social skills, and even problem-solving skills.” Which is all true—though when it comes down to it, Jadon likes to play for the same reason as children around the world and throughout history have always liked to play: “Because it’s fun.”

Unfortunately, as Jadon has learned, some children are missing out on the fun. We need more kids like him to help bring the fun back to childhood.

How many Legos do you think are in the jar? Give Jadon some words of encouragement and make your own guess!
 

Carol D. (109)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:52 am
Its great to see a child that wants to play and use their imagination instead of just playing computer games

noted thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 12:29 pm
You are welcome Carol.
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Terry V. (30)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:07 pm
Legos, Elmo, and Jadon for Vice President :-)
 

Connie O. (42)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:36 pm
Good for him!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:05 pm
thanks JL A:)
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:06 pm
LOL Terry!
You are welcome Magda.
 

Sharon Davidson (348)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:54 pm
I love to see kids use there imaginations and have fun,thanks
 

Lynn D. (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 3:17 pm
Good to see a child playing outside, using imagination and just being a child! Thanks for article!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 3:49 pm
Beautiful litle boy. I know I am right about my Legos....
 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:11 pm
you go kid! noted
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:14 pm
You are welcome Sharon and Lynn!
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AwayNoMail Plze S. (498)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 6:27 pm
Amazing JL. Thank you so much!
Noted & shared.
 

AwayNoMail Plze S. (498)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 6:29 pm
I can't currently send you a green star JL, but I send you tons!
 

Laura P. (24)
Friday May 17, 2013, 8:01 am
awesome !
 

Janet G. (0)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:22 pm
Just great!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:29 am
Noted
 
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